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MP3 $9.90

06/14/2004 655035037004 

 


A Hawk And A Hacksaw was conceived and performed by genre-defying one-man orchestra Jeremy Barnes of Bablicon and Neutral Milk Hotel. The album features intricate piano-based compositions layered with accordion, percussion, horns, bells, a chicken, geese, gongs, cats, a duck, spoons, and pieces of tin. It was recorded over the course of 15 months in the Loire Valley (Saumur, France) with a variety of guest performers. Recalling Kurt Weill’s orchestrations, Carl Stalling’s visionary cartoon soundtracks and Tom Waits’s more whimsical works, Barnes creates a playfully gothic atmosphere with his multi-layered, frantic compositions. Mixing field recordings with accordion, piano and bursts of drunken choruses, he generates a singular and unnerving orchestral whole. A song’s direction can hinge on a dog’s bark or a phone ringing, while cacophony and sweet, hymn-like harmonies cohabit in entertainingly unexpected passages. Influenced by everything from Eastern European folk music to Pierre Schaeffer to Spike Jones & His City Slickers, there’s a healthy disregard for boundaries at play. A Hawk And A Hacksaw is a soundtrack for PT Barnum deceits and backwoods carnivals, top hats and curly moustaches, but maybe gone a little more screwy. What’s more, everything is live-to-tape.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Maremaillette

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  2. #2 A Hack And A Handsaw

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  3. #3 Romceasca

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  4. #4 A Hard Row To Hoe

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  5. #5 All Along The Tide

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  6. #6 Black Firs

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  7. #7 Cotton Woods

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  8. #8 At Dusk

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  9. #9 Quand Le Son Devient Aigu, Jeter la Girafe a la Mer

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  10. #10 To Pine In Time

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  11. #11 A Kernel

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  12. #12 A Hawk And A Hacksaw

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  13. #13 With Our Thoughts We Make The World

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